Site5 vs StableHost: Which Host Is Best For You & Your Site?

I secretly test hosts every month for speed, reliability, and support. Here’s a comparison between Site5 and StableHost with real proof of their performance.

Site5 Hosting Plan

Site5 claims to be the "pros" when it comes to web hosting. They pride themselves on a custom control panel, 24/7 support, and data center locations all over the world. They've been around since 1999.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Site5 and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHostPro
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased, although DNS didn't work for about 30 minutes (even after it had propagated).

StableHost Hosting Plan

StableHost's claim to fame is their stability. They've been around since 2009 and host around 32,000 domains. They have data centers located in Phoenix, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I have purchased a hosting plan on StableHost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameStable
Cost$5.95/month
Disk Space7GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.  Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
StableHost2.69 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
HostGator2.74 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
DreamHost2.82 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.85 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
Bluehost2.95 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting2.98 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
MDDHosting2.99 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
Namecheap3.10 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site53.17 s0.25 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business3.91 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

Site5 performs impressively in the Speed Test, with an average result of 3.17 seconds. It's best result was 0.25 s but it has been as bad as 46.29 s. Site5 most recent result on Feb 19 was 2.00 s. For the most part, Site5 has decent response times. They could make things load faster if they compressed resources and set caching headers, but at least connections are efficient.

StableHost performs incredibly in the Speed Test, with an average result of 2.69 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 12.29 s. StableHost most recent result on Feb 19 was 0.00 s. Stablehost is one of the few hosts that routinely has page load times under 3 seconds - that's awesome. They have all headers optimized for performance (compression, caching, connections), and their stats back it up.

Let’s see how Site5 and StableHost compare in detail for their page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
DreamHost79.840 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting99.610 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site599.820 %100.000 %50.690 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business99.850 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting99.870 %100.000 %64.580 %Test Results
StableHost99.930 %100.000 %73.000 %Test Results
Namecheap99.930 %100.000 %92.000 %Test Results
Bluehost99.940 %100.000 %84.930 %Test Results
GoDaddy99.970 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator99.980 %100.000 %97.500 %Test Results

Site5 performs miserably in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.82 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 50.694 %. Site5 most recent result on Feb 18 was 100.000 %. Honestly, I expected Site5 to have better reliability. They've had a couple instances where my site was down for multiple hours, and that has ruined their overall average. But day-to-day they still have minor outages that annoy me.

StableHost performs okay in the Uptime Test, with an average result of 99.93 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 73.000 %. StableHost most recent result on Feb 18 was 100.000 %. Stablehost really lives up to its name - proving itself with one of the best uptime percentages around, it truly is stable. Not sure I've witnessed an outage more than a minute or two with them. That's unheard of. Kudos, Stablehost.

Let’s see how Site5 and StableHost compare in detail for their uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host’s support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
MDDHosting0.11 h0.10 h0.20 hTest Results
GoDaddy0.12 h0.10 h0.30 hTest Results
Site50.28 h0.10 h0.80 hTest Results
StableHost0.37 h0.10 h1.70 hTest Results
InMotion Hosting0.94 h0.20 h2.30 hTest Results
Namecheap2.20 h0.10 h6.00 hTest Results
DreamHost2.79 h0.20 h11.00 hTest Results
Bluehost34.67 h0.10 h168.00 hTest Results
Yahoo Small Business50.89 h16.00 h124.00 hTest Results
HostGator53.40 h0.30 h168.00 hTest Results

Site5 performs incredibly in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 0.28 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 0.80 h. Site5 most recent result on Mar 22 was 0.30 h. Site5 has always responded to my support tickets in under an hour. That's pretty awesome. They're also one of the only hosts that emails you ahead of time about planned outages, and I appreciate being informed.

StableHost performs incredibly in the Support Response Time Test, with an average result of 0.37 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 1.70 h. StableHost most recent result on Mar 22 was 0.20 h. Stablehost's tech team is top notch not just in their speed and uptime knowledge, but in their response time too. You can count on the fact that Stablehost will get back to you within a couple hours - and most likely a few minutes.

Let’s see how Site5 and StableHost compare in detail for their uptime stats: